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  • Biomarkers in Medicine 01/2014; 8(1):81-3.
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    ABSTRACT: Many dementia patients exhibit behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) that include psychosis, aggressivity, depression and anxiety. Antipsychotic drugs are frequently prescribed but fail to significantly attenuate mood deficits, may interfere with cognitive function and are associated with motor and cardiac side-effects which are problematic in elderly patients. A need therefore exists for drugs that are better suited for treatment of BPSD. we used in vitro cellular and in vivo behavioural tests to characterize ADN-1184, a novel arylsulfonamide ligand with potential utility for treatment of BPSD. ADN-1184 exhibits substantial 5-HT6 /5-HT7 /5-HT2A /D2 receptor affinity and antagonist properties in vitro. In tests of antipsychotic-like activity, it reversed MK-801-induced hyperactivity and stereotypies, and inhibited Conditioned Avoidance Response (CAR) (MED = 3 mg/kg i.p.). Remarkably, ADN-1184 also reduced immobility time in the forced swim test at low doses (0.3 and 1 mg/kg i.p.; higher doses were not significantly active). Notably, up to 30 mg/kg ADN-1184 did not impair memory performance in the passive avoidance test or elicit significant catalepsy and only modestly inhibited spontaneous locomotor activity (MED = 30 mg/kg i.p.). ADN-1184 combines antipsychotic-like with antidepressant-like properties without interfering with memory function or locomotion. This profile is superior to that of commonly-used atypical antipsychotics tested under the same conditions (Kołaczkowski et al., submitted) and suggests that it is feasible to identify drugs that improve behavioural and psychological symptoms without exacerbating cognitive deficit or movement impairment which are of particular concern in dementia patients.
    British Journal of Pharmacology 11/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Streptococcus infections are still one of the important problems facing contemporary medicine. As the World Health Organization (WHO) warns, Streptococcus pneumoniae is responsible for the highest number of pneumonia cases all over the world. Despite an increasing number of pneumococcal vaccinations, incidences of disease connected to this pathogen's infection stay at the same level, which is related to a constantly increasing number of infections caused by nonvaccinal serotypes. Unfortunately, the pathogenicity of bacteria of the Streptococcus genus is also connected to species considered to be physiological flora in humans or animals and, additionally, new species exhibiting pathogenic potential have been discovered. This paper presents an opinion concerning the epidemiology of streptococci infections based on case studies and other publications devoted to this problem. It also sheds new light based on recent reports on the prevention of protective vaccinations application in the case of streptococci infections.
    European Journal of Clinical Microbiology 11/2013; 32(11):1361-76.

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